The Hagar-Sarah Conundrum (Yet Another Question for the UUA Presidential Candidates)

Susan. Alison. Jeanne.

I’ve been trying to find a way to ask this question and not sound like an angry black woman. I have figured out in the process that I can’t. But my set-up is going to be fabulous.

The story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac is the story that I go to the most when trying to understand America. It just fits.

As we all know, Sarah “gives” Hagar to Abraham so that Abraham may have offspring. Once Hagar is with child, scripture says that Sarah treated Hagar “harshly” and that Hagar runs away. When the angel finds Hagar, it tells her to go back to Sarah and to “put up with” Sarah’s harsh treatment and that God had seen her plight. [ah, the exegesis I can do on this story, but won’t]  So Hagar goes back and puts up with Sarah’s harsh treatment and gives birth to Ishmael.

But, lo and behold, a few years later, Sarah gives birth to Isaac. oh happy day. This poses a problem; Ishmael is first-born and, because of how he was conceived, should be granted the greater portion of Abraham’s estate. This cannot happen in Sarah’s mind. So she goes to Abraham and tells him to banish Hagar and Ishmael. Abraham, coward that he is, doesn’t stand up to Sarah. But God comes into the story again, this time to  tell Abraham to do what Sarah wants, because his descendants will be traced through Isaac. [oh, how I so want to ask God about this] So Abraham does what Sarah asked him to do, and he puts out Hagar and Ishmael.     [I know there’s more to the story, but this is the part that matters]

well…there really is no easy/polite way to say this…..white women have been using and betraying people of color (especially women of color) and then asking for us to be cast out into the desert/wilderness for time immemorial.

All three of you have said that you are down for the cause and that you, if President, won’t see the promised 5 million to BLUU as a threat to general Annual Program Fund fundraising. So…here’s the question…..

Why should people of color in the UUA trust you?

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2 thoughts on “The Hagar-Sarah Conundrum (Yet Another Question for the UUA Presidential Candidates)

  1. Good question. Trust. Kind of rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? It’s a marathon not a sprint. Will be fascinated to see the responses.

  2. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s equally educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The issue is something that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy that I found this during my hunt for something concerning this.

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